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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Your Name

Films & Series

Your Name

Directed by Shinkai Makoto Your Name tells the story of teenagers Mitsuha and Taki, who have the humdrum of their daily lives disrupted when they mysteriously swap bodies. We see Taki going through the experience of living in the [...] Review by Poppy Cosyns

Our Little Sister

Films & Series

Our Little Sister

Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu Director Kore-eda has produced another gentle masterpiece – a family drama dealing with death, desertion, vulnerability, responsibility and loss. That the four main protagonists are women with with strong [...] Review by Susan Meehan

Kamikaze Girls

Films & Series

Kamikaze Girls

Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima Despite its English-language title, “Kamikaze Girls” actually has nothing to do with war, pilots or even women taking on traditionally masculine roles. The literal translation of its Japanese title is ‘Shimotsuma [...] Review by Simon Cotterill

Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats

Films & Series

Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats

Directed by Yosuke Fujita The movie is a comedy; Fuku-chan is introduced via his interactions with his friends. His friend tries to set him on the road to meeting the right woman, but Fuku-chan suffers from acute shyness, and comedy ensues. Review by Mike Sullivan

Unforgiven

Films & Series

Unforgiven

Directed by Lee Sang-Il The most surprising thing about this remake, directed by Korean Lee Sang-Il, is how closely it sticks to the source material, and how successfully it does so considering the wildly different settings. Review by Chris Corker

The Lust of Angels

Films & Series

The Lust of Angels

Directed by Nagisa Isogai The Lust of Angels stands out from the many other Japanese films being shown in London at the moment for the fact that it was written and directed by a woman and the short movie’s main cast are all girls. Review by Mike Sullivan

The Wind Rises

Films & Series

The Wind Rises

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Jiro Horikoshi was a designer of Japanese fighter planes during World War II and The Wind Rises follows him as he struggles to build his aircraft and grapples with life in pre-war Japan. There are elements [...] Review by David Knox

Like Father Like Son

Films & Series

Like Father Like Son

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda Like Father Like Son is looking at human lives as we see how two families cope when they discover that their sons were mixed up at birth and that each set of parents had been bringing up the child of [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Shady

Films & Series

Shady

Directed by Ryohei Watanabe The movie has a narrative by the main character Misa Kumada. From the beginning it is clear that the main story follows her past experiences at high school while infrequently we see her as an adult in [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Like Someone in Love

Films & Series

Like Someone in Love

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami Abbas Kiarostami's style is quite different to Hollywood directors who prefer big blockbuster action movies, moreover, his movies can be controversial. Like Someone in Love is no exception to this and [...] Review by Mike Sullivan